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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (20)
  • Strong construction (20)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)

Best Uses

  • Low light (19)
  • Sports/action (17)
  • Weddings (11)
  • Wildlife photos (9)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Heavyweight Champion of the World!!!

By Brian

from Queens, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

This lens is the "Mohammad Ali" of portraits. I can shoot with it in the middle of NYC Times Square and the background just blurs into a liquid swirl. Your photos will be so sharp they might cut you. The lens is indeed HEAVY and very LARGE! It is definitely not a lens to buy if you want to be inconspicuous.

From what I have experienced so far shooting with this lens I can safely say that it will remain in my possession until the great asteroid hits the Earth and destroys every camera lens on the entire planet.

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5.0

"I would buy this product again and agai

By M.E.Gant

from Sarasota, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

how sharp it is

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5.0

Stellar Lens!!!

By Kristopher Gerner

from Wilmington, NC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

    This is the most amazing lens I have ever used. Yes it is [$]K but if you can afford it buy it. .......

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    5.0

    Best glass I ever owned.

    By Pieria

    from Oceanside ny

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

    I have owned almost most of the pro glass that nikon offers. From the holly trinity, 300 2.8 vr , 400 2.8 vr, and this lens is just amazing. Not to heavy for me , I currently own the 400 2.8 vr also, is just out of this world. The focal length for what I used it for is just perfect , and that is for portraits of my 2 year old, to football at high school games. Bokeh is just buttery smooth, the lens wide open is razor sharp, and it takes converters with no problem. Autofocus is on par with my 400 even a bit faster. This lens is a gem. Expensive for most yes ,but worth every penny.

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    5.0

    200 2

    By Nam

    from Johns Creek Georgia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

      Bought the 200 2 to take pictures of my son's fencing tournament.
      As usual, the tournaments are located in high school gymn and/or cafeteria and the lighting is horrible.

      The 200 2 comes through beautifully.
      Focus is fast, very sharp.
      Th lens handles sport better than the 85 1.4.

      A bit on the heavy side so you need a tripod for extended use.

      I am used to shooting with the 70-200 2.8, the 80-400 VR, the Sigma 150-500 hand holding. But I cannot handhold the 200 2 for more than 15 minutes.

      Bokeh is incredible.

      I wish the lens comes with a lens cap.

      The soft pouch is a little bit flimsy for my taste.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nikon's Best

      By Gman

      from Midwest

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

        I have many of the Best Primes Nikon makes but for whatever reason I thought the 200/2 would fall into that category of lens that spend too much time on the shelf, the uses were too limited.

        I was wrong, this has quickly become my favorite lens. So much so that it will be my main lens w/800e
        on a trip to see the gorillas next month.

        Great lens even with the weight and stubby attitude. I should have bought this one years ago.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        unbelievable....

        By dp

        from MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

        I'm not saying anything new when I say this lens is just a phenomenal piece of glass...my god, you read about speed, AF accuracy, btu until you try it, you have no idea what they are talking about. This is in a whole different category than the 14-24 f2.8, and the rest of it. It's everything you heard about and then some. My only cons are the potential for scratches on the front element, you have to leave to hood on, which takes up a lot of space, and the weight. It is a heavy lens, but with the VR II you can shoot hand held no problem. It's the carrying all day that tires you. But it's doable. Once back home and you see the IQ at f2, you realize it was worth it!

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Emperor of Bokeh

        By OC Mike

        from Orange County, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Portraits

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

          Emperor of Bokeh: Nikon 200mm f2. King of Bokeh: Nikon 85mm f1.4 (Either Old or New Versions, new version has less creamy edges but more sharp edges) The Nikon 200mm f2 shots need to be seen so that you can make your own judgements. The focus point is on his nose but his left eye (on rt) is sharpest. The subject just POPS!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Astounding lens

          By Jabberwocke

          from Maryland

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

          I was happy with the 70-200mm f/2.8 until I bought this lens. It is outstanding in sharpness and bokeh, works well with teleconverters. Get a monopod and it is a photographic tool you won't believe.

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          (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One picture= 1000 words

          By OC Mike

          from Orange County, CA

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                The chaise lounge sits at the edge of the pool. The background is the pool water's reflection. No other Nikon lens can produce this image.

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                (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART & CRAFTSMANSHIP !

                By Walt@waltsphotography

                from Coburg Oregon

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                  If you think this magnificent lens is expensive," Let's Talk."I have spent a lifetime, married to the NIKON family. and well continue to do so until I cannot hold up a camera anymore. If you sit down and researched the advantages of owning this lens, you well save BIG $$$. Why? . This lens takes the away the need to purchase a 400mm lens. Just place a 2X extender on this baby and you have yourself a magnificent 400 mm F/ 3.5 lens. Wow I just saved $. I also sold my 200~400 lens (no longer needed) and bought a new D4 body. Not a bad deal for me. All I ask you" reviewers " is do the math. It does not take a rocket science degree. Get yourself a really good monopod, you well need one. And enjoy.You well see for yourself after your first images with this magnificent glass.

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                  5.0

                  Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh...

                  By TDNeumann

                  from Columbus, OH

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Portrait work
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                    This lens has long been on my list of must haves, and now that I have it and have used it, I am not disappointed in any way.

                    Typically thought of as a indoor sports lens, there are many more uses for which this lens can be applied. As expected it shoots amazing sports shots, and if you have positioned yourself in the correct location, the bokeh is outstanding. Tack sharp focus on your subject, and creamy highlighted blurs for the background.

                    I have also found that I use this lens more and more for portrait work. Again the bokeh just adds that certain something into the final image. It is a little extra work, but I find if you use it on a good monopod, it works like a charm.

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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantástica

                    By Bira

                    from Porto Alegre, Brasil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                    A unique lens.

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                    • Yes

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    As expected, very usefull lens.

                    By Alex

                    from Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                    This is an expensive and heavy lens, but it can't be replace by any other.
                    The bokeh is fantastic, the autofocus is instant and track subject easily.
                    Works very well with the TC-20E III teleconverter (400mm f/4 FX format).
                    I use it with the D800 and I'm very happy with the results.

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                    (13 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Extremely versatile prime lens

                    By akaflash

                    from Canaan Valley, West Virginia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Tough To Attach

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                    First off, I am really picky and will be sharing constructive critics in hopes of helping you reach a decision. Razor Sharp Optics:This lens is primarily used on my D3s; it really sets new standards for clarity. I can only compare its clarity to my 14-24mm f2.8 lens. The following lenses do not even come close to the beauty this lens produces: 16-35mm f4 / 35-70mm f2.8 / 80-200mm f2.8. Versatile:The 200mm f2 is extremely versatile. I have made it a 340mm using the 1.7x and obviously a 400mm using the 2.0x converter. Being an f2 and being extremely sharp at f2, converters do not seem to deteriorate image quality or its ability for extremely fast focus at all. Other uses:Making this lens more like 3 lenses, I can shoot wildlife, portrait (wow… did I say amazing details?), sports, and even landscape. I really didn't see myself using this beauty as a portrait lens, yet, if details is what you are after, you will just love it!New Standards for VR:VR is very good – excellent really!Can't compare this VR with the one on my 16-35mm, it's really night and day in every aspect. You'll use shutter speeds that you never though possible with more keepers than you could imagine. I'd like to think that I am "that" steady – but this VR is very very good. Focus Limiters:Focus distance has two settings: full distance focus and limited (from 5m to infinity). Make it better: add a limiter from 2 meters to 5 meters. Lens Foot:Lens foot is removable (unlike the Canon 200mm f2) and that's a good thing because you'll want to replace it very quickly. While I have been known to have very strong fingers, carrying the lens & camera using the lens tripod foot is not only ridiculously small and heavy, but it's also totally unbalanced. I haven't made up my mind, but will be getting either of the following for a replacement: RRS or Kirk (LP-5) It's not only a little bit "back heavy" it's ridiculous. Bag:Beautifully crafted bag that is totally useless in the field. Can't even add a camera (where's the extra little efforts?)Lens Cover:It comes with a "beefy" lens cover that is well built and well designed. It works great for shipping / storage. It's a joke in the field though. There are times when I want to just place a lens cover – fast! One isn't even available for purchase. Nikon could use a plastic shield like the very useful lens cover that comes with the 14-24mm f2.8. I am now looking at making my own – instead of making pictures. Lens Strap Fittings:Very limiting are the first two words that come to mind. I am using two separate 6-inch straps and have them ending with a super strong key-chain-ring. Those rings attach to my field pack straps (frontal) via a climbing carabiner. I seriously feel like the camera isn't even there. I highly recommend making those lens strap fittings larger in diameter to accommodate versatility.Manual Focus:Silky smooth, perfectly positioned!As picky as I am, there is nothing I would want modified with the large manual focus ring. It's as smooth as the bokeh; dream-like!Lens Coat:An after market lens cover (several designs from LensCoat actually) are available. Great investment, but be aware that your lens will only be covered by about 60%. As ridiculous as it sounds, I bought one LensCoat for the Nikon 200mm lens and one for Canon 100-400mm and am using bits and pieces to cover 95% of my lens. It's perfect that way… and I feel a little better about protecting my investment. I also feel cheated by LensCoat. Was it a Gift?Ahahah – talk to you banker, get a loan… you'll be keeping this lens for a really long time.

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                    5.0

                    Fast is an understatement.

                    By LSU Fan

                    from Baton Rouge, LA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                    All I can say is this an amazing lens. Not for the faint of heart or those photographers on a budget. However, if you are fortunate enough to able to purchase one, you will never regret it, I promise. It is a big step for a big lens. The lens size goes hand in hand with the results.

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                    5.0

                    Fast and bokehlicious...

                    By SoftLiteStudios

                    from Ohio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Portrait
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                      For indoor sports this lens is the bomb. The light that this lens lets in allows for much lower lighting shooting. The bokeh is outstanding and leaves a totally isolated subject against a creamy, colored saturated background. At wide aperture depth of field can be a little challenging, but when you get it nailed the results are breath taking. The autofocus seems plenty fast enough, and the overall handling of the lens just feels right.As I do with all my big lenses, I have changed out the foot for the [@] foot and use their tripod and monopod series for support. On their monopod, this lens become easy to manage and shoot with.This may seem like a little bit of an odd application for this lens, but I have done some portrait work with this lens, and once you have photographer, subject, and background distances worked out...wow! Not to mention that the distance that you put between you and the model can be a great comfort factor for the model. It sits just inside the typical flash range, so fill light shots, while equipment heavy, can totally pop!

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                      5.0

                      Wow, Bokeh from heaven.

                      By MB

                      from NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Tough To Attach

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                        The lens is everything they claim. Beautiful bokeh, heavy lens. Ironically, the hardest part is connecting it to the camera until you get used to handling a lens this heavy. Worth every penny (and it is quite a few pennies). Wish I had bought it years ago but I worried it was TOO heavy. NOT! If your on the fence, get off and get yourself one of these fat boys!

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                        5.0

                        Crisp, Clean, Accurate

                        By ERG

                        from Collierville, TN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                        I rented the lens first and found the product to be everything it is stated to be, Outstanding. I shoot primarily action sports both indoor and outdoor. The lens has significantly expanded my ability to cover night matches outside and indoor events in poorly lit circumstances. The ability to freeze a fast moving ball and get hard edges on it is priceless. The photos are in a class of their own when compared to others shooting the same event.

                        I am still getting accustomed to the weight and the focus. Yes, it's heavy. However I clearly see the tradeoff and accepted it to get this high quality of photos.

                        I would recommend this to anyone wishing to take the next step into a state of the art set up.

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                        5.0

                        in a class by itself

                        By none

                        from Sarasota, Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Telephoto Lens:

                        The lens is a masterpiece in form and function. The Bokeh is in a class by itself. Unfortunately I ended up returning the lense because I was not able to effectively handle the weight. The Nikon 135mm F2.0 DC I have owned for years will have to do ... but I cried when I returned it to B&H. The return process was easy because B&H makes it that way.

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